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Kaleb Holbrook makes a throw from third base in a game last week against Fannin County. The Tigers lost a 14-6 decision to the region-leading Rebels. - photo by Ryan Coker Dawson Community News

The Dawson County High School Tigers varsity baseball team was on a four-game winning streak before first place Fannin County came to town April 11.

 

The Rebels were undefeated, but Dawson had been playing great baseball recently.

 

Unfortunately, for the third time this season, the Tigers came up on the short end of a 14-6 loss.

 

Fannin jumped on Tiger starter Jeffrey Partington for seven runs in the first inning and never looked back.

 

The Tiger defense was porous. The team committed three errors and two passed balls to put the team behind.

 

The Tigers answered with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. An error by Fannin County and an RBI single by Tyler King pushed two runs across the plate.

 

Fannin recorded 11 hits, including three home runs, and scored runs in every inning except the fourth and fifth.

 

Head Coach Jimmy Pruett’s team kept trying to come back but it was to no avail.

 

An offensive highlight for Dawson was a sixth inning homer by second baseman Jacob Anglin.

 

Anglin leads the team in round trippers with five on the season.

 

He finished the day going 2-for-3.

 

Holbrook and King also had multi-hit games.

 

Both of them went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

 

Tiger Logan Burt scored two runs.

 

The Tiger defense didn’t play well. The team finished the game with five errors.

 

Of the 14 runs scored by Fannin only eight were earned.

 

The Tigers rallied back April 13 and took their frustrations out against East Hall.

 

The winless Vikings were clobbered by Dawson County, 16-0.

 

The Tigers pounded out 11 hits in the contest and picked up 10 walks off East Hall pitching.

 

Senior Josh Harper picked up the win on the mound.

 

Harper recorded eight strikeouts, while giving up only two hits in the shutout.

 

Harper is currently 2-2 on the season.

 

In the first inning, Dawson scored eight consecutive runs before recording an out and never looked back.

 

Pruett got a chance to empty his bench in the game.

 

Friday’s final regular season game with Rabun County was rained out Friday and was rescheduled for Monday. The game was also Senior Day for the Tigers. Scores of the game were not available as of press time.

 

The Tigers needed a win over Rabun to secure a #3-seed in Region 8A-AA. If the team lost, it will come down to a tiebreaker situation with Rabun and Banks counties.

 

Region playoffs will begin Friday. It will be a best of 3-game series. Friday’s games will be on the road no matter the outcome of Monday’s game versus Rabun. The first game will begin at 4 p.m. with the second game starting at 7 p.m.

 

Saturday will be game 3, if needed, and will begin at 5 p.m.

 

Going into Monday’s game, Dawson had a 10-8 overall record and a 7-7 record in region play.

 

In Region 8B-AA, Elbert County took the top spot with a 15-3 region record and the Blue Devils are 17-4 overall.

 

Hart County is second, followed by North Oconee and Jefferson.